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President touts savings from bid program

February 10, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The president's proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2017 includes a provision to expand Medicare's competitive bidding to new product categories.The budget proposes that inhalation drugs; all prosthetics and orthotics; and ostomy, tracheostomy and urological supplies, all be included in the program.“Since implementation, the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, and supplies has saved the Medicare program and beneficiaries billions of dollars...

Competitive Bidding, President's budget

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Industry stakeholders battle familiar foes

February 6, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget rehashes an old proposal to apply competitive bidding rates to Medicaid reimbursement.The HME industry has beat back that idea in the past and will continue to do so, say stakeholders.“We've had good sound arguments for why Medicare and Medicaid are different programs with different requirements and different populations,” said Kim Brummett, senior director of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare. “We'll beat that drum again.”The...

AARP, President's budget

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President's budget reins in DME spending

March 7, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget includes proposals to limit Medicaid spending on DME and to ramp up Medicare fraud efforts.On Medicaid spending, the budget explains, “States have experienced challenges in preventing overpayments for DME. Starting in 2015, the budget would limit federal reimbursement for a state's Medicaid spending on certain DME services to what Medicare would have paid in the same state for the same services.”This is the third year that Obama has...

HME cuts, Medicaid, PMD demo, President's budget

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